Laugh Yourself Healthy: Benefits of Laughter Yoga by Teresa Dovapage (BLW Contributor)

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Laugh yourself healthy

Do you think you have nothing to laugh about? Try a session of Laughter Yoga and you may change your mind.

“Laughter yoga, as an established practice, was developed in 1995 by Dr. Madan Kataria, a medical doctor in India who was researching the effects of laughter on the human body,” said Valerie Clote, a certified Laughter Yoga leader. “He found out that the human body wasn’t able to distinguish between real laughter and fake or intentional one: the benefits were exactly the same, no matter if the people were really laughing or pretending to do so.”

Such benefits include a decrease in the stress hormone cortisol, increase in feel-good neurotransmitters like serotonin and endorphins, and improvement of the respiratory, digestive, immune and cardiovascular systems.

“Besides these wonderful physical effects, laughter also helps people achieve better emotional balance,” said Clote. “It relieves anxiety, alleviates depression and fosters a positive mental attitude. This is no laughing matter is today’s stressed our world!”

A funny workout

Laughter Yoga incorporates play, laughter and deep yogic breathing, or Pranayama. Unlike traditional types of yoga, it doesn’t require people to learn difficult postures or hold them for any length of time.

“And yet Laughter Yoga is a form of aerobic exercise,” said Clote. “Only ten minutes of laughter is equivalent to thirty minutes on a rowing machine. It increases circulation and the supply of oxygen to the body.”

Laughing together

The exercises can be practiced alone or in a group, though the collective format tends to produce better results, said Clote.

“Laughter is highly contagious,” she said. “It’s difficult to see someone laughing and not laugh yourself, even if there is no particular reason for it.”

Laughing together establishes a special connection among fellow laughees, a link that goes beyond cultures and languages.

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This is the Earth! This is where you live.

This is the Earth! This is where you live.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image / Via visibleearth.nasa.gov

And this is where you live in your neighborhood, the solar system.

And this is where you live in your neighborhood, the solar system.

Here’s the distance, to scale, between the Earth and the moon. Doesn’t look too far, does it?

Here's the distance, to scale, between the Earth and the moon. Doesn't look too far, does it?

THINK AGAIN. Inside that distance you can fit every planet in our solar system, nice and neatly.

THINK AGAIN. Inside that distance you can fit every planet in our solar system, nice and neatly.

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This right here is a comet. We just landed a probe on one of those bad boys. Here’s what one looks like compared with Los Angeles:

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But that’s nothing compared to our sun. Just remember:

But that's nothing compared to our sun. Just remember:


Let’s step back a bit. Here’s the size of Earth compared with the size of our sun. Terrifying, right?

Let's step back a bit. Here's the size of Earth compared with the size of our sun. Terrifying, right?

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But that’s nothing. Again, as Carl once mused, there are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach on Earth:

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Which means that there are ones much, much bigger than little wimpy sun. Just look at how tiny and insignificant our sun is:

Which means that there are ones much, much bigger than little wimpy sun. Just look at how tiny and insignificant our sun is:

And just keep this in mind — that’s a picture of a very small, small part of the universe. It’s just an insignificant fraction of the night sky.

And just keep this in mind — that's a picture of a very small, small part of the universe. It's just an insignificant fraction of the night sky.

And, you know, it’s pretty safe to assume that there are some black holes out there. Here’s the size of a black hole compared with Earth’s orbit, just to terrify you:

And, you know, it's pretty safe to assume that there are some black holes out there. Here's the size of a black hole compared with Earth's orbit, just to terrify you:

D. Benningfield/K. Gebhardt/StarDate / Via mcdonaldobservatory.org

So if you’re ever feeling upset about your favorite show being canceled or the fact that they play Christmas music way too early — just remember…

This is your home.

This is your home.

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

This is what happens when you zoom out from your home to your solar system.

This is what happens when you zoom out from your home to your solar system.

And this is what happens when you zoom out farther…

And this is what happens when you zoom out farther...

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

And farther…

And farther...

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

Keep going…

Keep going...

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

Just a little bit farther…

Just a little bit farther...

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

Almost there…

Almost there...

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

And here it is. Here’s everything in the observable universe, and here’s your place in it. Just a tiny little ant in a giant jar.

And here it is. Here's everything in the observable universe, and here's your place in it. Just a tiny little ant in a giant jar.

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

Oh man.

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LOVE, VALUE AND THE SELF.

PHILOSOPHY OF A

SUCCESSFUL WOMAN 

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Valuing yourself is one of the most important things to have in order to live a quality life. I am learning this first hand. Many of us do not respect ourselves enough or believe we are deserving of a better life. We find our way into unsatisfactory jobs and relationships, and maintain these positions because of complacency. Once complacency sets in, it becomes difficult to see the bigger picture that drives us to strive for greatness.

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AS I BEGIN TO START MY OWN BUSINESS, I HAVE RUN INTO THIS CONFLICT QUITE A BIT. IF YOU LACK VALUE FOR YOUR SELF THEN YOU SIMPLY CANNOT SEE THE VALUE IN YOUR SERVICE OR SKILL. IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE FIRM WITH YOUR RATES AND VALUE YOUR SERVICE. EVEN IF YOU ARE JUST STARTING OUT,  IT IS WORTH IT TO BE WILLING TO LOSE A CLIENT, A JOB, OR AN OPPORTUNITY IF YOUR NEEDS AREN’T BEING MET. I HAVE COME TO REALIZE THAT IT ISN’T ABOUT GETTING ALL THE BUSINESS BUT RATHER THE RIGHT KIND OF BUSINESS. I HAVE FOUND THAT THOSE WHO RESPECT MY RATE ALSO RESPECT MY TIME AND VALUE THE SERVICE I AM PROVIDING.

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In my relationship, I communicate because I value myself. This all started when I was participating in a pranayama/ meditation workshop that centered around self love. I was working with a partner asking and answering the questions that were given to us. As we fell deeper into the exercise I told my partner “Who will ever love me as much as he ( my boyfriend) does.” My partner looked at me surprised and responded with “You will.” Then it clicked. I did not know what self love was and I certainly did not have much of it. I spent the following months working on loving myself as much as my boyfriend has. Things have slowly started to shift. I want my relationship to be one I want to be in, but more so to be the kind I feel I deserve.  I communicate my needs, my fears, my goals, and my loves for me and I hope my partner does the same.

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Loving yourself and valuing yourself will create abundance in all areas of your life.  I find this to be an everyday practice.

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Miriam Williamson writes in A Return to Love:    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous. Actually, who are you not to be?”

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